Annalise Murphy now 5th in Perth worlds

As we reported here yesterday Annalise Murphy qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth and Portland by virtue of her excellent performances in Perth yesterday . At the end of Thursday’s racing Annalise lies in 5th place overall following finishes of 37th ,17th and 4th in today’s races at the 2012 ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth.

After the joy and euphoria of yesterday , Thursday had been a difficult day for the young Dubliner, in the first two races but she made a great comeback in race three to finish fourth.There are two more races in the Gold fleet before Sunday’s medal race, open to the top 10.

Belgium’s Evi Van Acker leads once more on 15 points followed by defending world champion, Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherands (29) and Paige Railey of the United States ( 33). Annalise is in 5th position on 59.

Irish Sailing Association Performance Director James O’Callaghan commented : “It was tricky out there today. Most people in the top 10 scored badly in one of the races. Annalise did well to recover to 17th in race two and it was good to finish with another top five.”

Annalise summed up : “”It’s really easy to make mistakes out on the water because there are so many good people out racing and if you make a small mistake, all the other girls will capitalise on it,” “You just have to keep the ‘making mistakes’ to a minimum. “There are about 20 girls that are all really good here”

Like many leading Irish sportswomen, Annalise Murphy receives little media coverage so is relatively unknown outside of sailing circles. She is of course well known to SportsNewsIreland readers since we have covered several of the events she has competed in over the past two years.

Here Annalise tells us a little about herself:

“I have been sailing since I can remember, going out and crewing for my mum in her Hurricane when I was 6, was just something that I considered completely normal, I started sailing oppy’s when I was 10 and then laser 4.7’s, mirrors and toppers before moving into the Laser Radial, the Olympic woman’s single handed dinghy. I have been sailing a Radial since 2005. I am sailing full-time at the moment in preparation for 2012, I finished 8th at the 2009 World Championship and since then I haven’t looked back, I finished the 2010 season with a top 10 finish at Skandia Sail for Gold regatta and winning the Irish National Championships…the first girl to do so!”

Her Mum , Cathy (nee McAleavey), represented Ireland in sailing at the 1988 Olympic Games and, five years later, together with husband Con, set the ‘Round Ireland’ speed record, (a record they still hold) as crew on Steve Fossett’s trimaran Lakota.

‘I’ll leave that record to my parents,’ says a smiling Annalise. You can follow the fortunes of Annalise Murphy here on SportsNewsIreland , via her Facebook page- Annalise Murphy London 2012. Or via Twitter @annalise_murphy

Annalise Murphy:

DATE OF BIRTH 01 February 1990
EDUCATION Student UCD, Dublin
WORLD RANKING 13 as at November 2011
July 2010 – Women’s Laser Radial World Championship, Largs, GBR (19th)
July 2009 – Women’s Laser Radial World Championship, Karatsu, JPN (8th)
March 2008 – Women’s Laser Radial World Championship, Auckland, NZL (86th)
June 2007 – Women’s Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Championships Cascais, POR (62nd)

September 2011 – Italian Olympic Classes Championship, Riva del Garda, ITA (2nd)
June 2011 – Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR (3rd)
May 2011 – Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED (9th)
April 2011 – Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP (11th)
January 2011 – Laser Radial Women US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA (4th)
December 2010 – Sail Melbourne International Regatta Olympic & Invited Classes, Melbourne, AUS (20th)
August 2010 – Laser Radial Women Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR (10th)
June 2010 – Laser European Standard & Laser European Laser Radial Women’s Championship, Tallinn, EST, (23rd)
May 2010 – Delta Lloyd Regatta Medemblik NED (11th)
March 2010 – Laser Radial Women Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP (11th)
January 2010 – Laser Radial Women US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA Grade 1 (46th)


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